Treating RA: Questions for Your Doctor

Medically Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on October 21, 2021

You’ll work closely with your doctor to manage your rheumatoid arthritis. These questions are a good starting point for your next checkup.

  1. Which RA medicines do you recommend for me, and why?
  2. How will we know if my treatment is working?
  3. What are the possible side effects?
  4. Would physical therapy or occupational therapy help me?
  5. Does exercise help? What kinds of activities are safe for me to do?
  6. How are my joints doing?
  7. What lifestyle changes do you recommend for me?
  8. What other specialists should I see?
  9. Are there complementary treatments I could try?
  10. Will I need surgery?

Show Sources


Lee, D. Lancet, 2001.

Hakkinen, A. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2001.

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Center."

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